20 - Bringing Pets to the Skies with Gayle Martz
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This episode starts by discussing invitation-only airline loyalty tiers and the difference between non-stop and direct flights. Andrew then chats with former flight attendant and pet travel expert Gayle Martz about bringing pets into airline cabins.

  • Some airlines have special tiers in their loyalty programs for their highest spenders and most influential customers. We take a look at some examples of these loyalty tiers and the special benefits that come with them. 
  • What is the difference between a non-stop and a direct flight? While these terms are sometimes used interchangeably, there is a difference. Find out more in this episode.
  • Gayle Martz was a TWA Hostess (now known as a flight attendant) when she embarked on a journey to change the way that pets fly. Her hard work led to the introduction of the first airline-approved soft-sided pet carrier in the world. For this episode’s main segment, she is here to share her insights and advice on bringing your dog or cat on a plane.

If you want to learn more about Gayle’s story and the SHERPA bag, visit www.gaylemartz.com. There, you can also find information on her two books, No Pet Left Behind: The SHERPA Guide for Traveling with Your Best Friend and IT’S IN THE BAG: How to Turn a Passion into a New Business. You can also find her on Facebook and on Instagram @gaylemartz.

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